Immunity

When we’re sick, most of us want to find natural immune support that will keep us from getting sick the next time. Natural immunity can come in a variety of forms, from medicinal mushrooms to immune-boosting probiotics to age-old herbs like Echinacea and elderberry. Pharmaca’s Project Wellness blog will always be your go-to place to find natural immunity tips, as we’ll post suggestions from our expert practitioners about the best ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season. Stay tuned for the latest research and cutting-edge ingredients and supplements that can help boost your immunity—and keep the sniffles and sneezes away.

Herbal Spotlight: Umckaloabo

By David Bunting, Herb Pharm Shop all Herb Pharm products > The genus of Pelargonium brings to us a large and diverse number of horticultural and perfumery plants, together with a handful of traditional medicinal herbs. Made up of about 270 species, the largest variety and diversity of Pelargoniums occur in the Cape Provinces of...

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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

January 24, 2013
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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

Probiotics are microorganisms, including both bacteria and yeast, that live in the small and large intestines (also referred to as the gut). Collectively, all organisms in the gut are referred to as flora. There are more than 400 different types of bacteria species living in the gut, accounting for a whopping 3-5 pounds of...

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Ask a Practitioner: I need gluten-free cold remedies!

Ask a Practitioner: I need gluten-free cold remedies!

We get questions nearly every day via Ask a Practitioner from people with a variety of health concerns. Our practitioners take turns answering these questions, offering advice based on their experience and expertise. Each week we’ll be posting some of these questions with the hopes that our practitioners’ advice can help answer some of...

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Obesity, exercise and breast cancer

Obesity, exercise and breast cancer

Research has shown that obesity may increase the risk of estrogen-dependent breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Now, a recent study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that obesity may also increase the risk of triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease that is not fueled by estrogen and usually...

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Potassium iodide and radiation exposure protection

Because of the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, many people on the west coast of the US are now worried that they could be impacted by the threat of nuclear radiation coming across the Pacific. The concern is that a nuclear disaster may release radioactive iodine into the air, which, when taken in...

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Zinc beneficial in reducing cold symptoms and duration

February 17, 2011
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Zinc beneficial in reducing cold symptoms and duration

A new review of studies on zinc as a cure for the common cold has concluded that it can drastically shorten the duration of cold symptoms. The review examined 15 studies that have been done since the 1980s, and found that if taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, you can trim...

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